Edward Z. Thompson, 71

OSWEGO, NY – Edward Z. Thompson, 71, passed away in the comfort of his home with his family and loved ones by his side.

Ed was born in Oswego where he was a lifetime resident.

Edward Z. Thompson
Edward Z. Thompson

He was very involved in his community where he was an entrepreneur.

He started with his own snowmobile business and continued from there to run his family business, Thompson’s Sales, Inc.

He had a passion for racing.

This included many years of driving, developing faster racecars and supporting local drivers.

In 2012, he was inducted into the Oswego Speedway Racing Hall of Fame.

His ultimate joy was spending time at his summer home on Fair Haven Bay with his family and friends.

Ed is survived by his daughter, Holly Thompson and her husband, Michael Taylor; two grandchildren, Reece and Quinn Taylor of Manlius; two sisters, Lorraine Pratt of Oswego and Debbie (Richard) Boyea of Youngsville, NC; and his close friend, David Dwyer of Oswego Town.

He also leaves behind extended family including Dylan Taylor-Wolford and several nieces and nephews who adored him greatly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Ed Thompson Sr.; and brother-in-law, Richard Pratt.

Friends may call on Monday from 4-7 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St.

A celebration of his life will take place Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Nelson Funeral Home.


  1. Holly and Michael we are so sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a great guy. He always had a really great laugh as well as a big heart. He will be greatly missed.

  2. Holly, Mike ,Reece and Taylor,
    Just read online about your loss, of Dad and Grandpa. I am sorry to hear but wanted you to know that when I read this very fond memories came back to me of all of you. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Love Mary….aka Mrs.Lis

  3. Holly, Mike and all of the Thompson Families , so sorry to read of the passing of Ed, a wonderful friend to all,we will miss that wonderful Man………R.I.P …..EDDIE

  4. Holly and family our hearts break for you… What a very sad time for you all. Wish we could be there today to give you a hug. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. :(

  5. To the Thompson Family, we were so sad to read about Eddie. Ronnie and I go back along way with the whole family; we go back to the late 60s when we first moved to Oswego. We snowmobiled with Eddie and drag raced cars with him and just had a wonderful time. We are so glad to have all those good memories. Our thoughts do go out to all of you– you all have a very special place in our hearts. We are out of town, so we couldn’t attend calling hrs. Holly you are still a little girl in our eyes, cant believe you have children and are all grown up. Kim, always called you Holly Jane, maybe you don’t remember our kids, but they remember you, and want to send their sympathies.
    Kayln and Ronnie Sharp

  6. Holly Mike and family,we just got home from FL and was told about your dad. I did not see it on line. So sorry we were not here for services! So sorry for you all!

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